Would you accept a priceless work of art from this man?

Mark Landis

To look at Mark Landis, you’d never guess that for the better part of thirty years the 57-year-old Mississippi native managed to dupe nearly fifty art institutions in over twenty states into accepting works of art that he had forged. Watch this two-part video from The Avant/Garde Diaries in which Landis refers to himself only as a “philanthropist” – in fact, he didn’t make one penny off of this habitual practice. He always donated the works, explaining that the paintings came from the collection of his deceased mother. To insure that his story would be convincing, Landis took on the guise of a Jesuit priest whenever approaching a museum with his paintings.



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